MPs debated amendments made by the House of Lords to the Defence Reform Bill on Tuesday 29 April 2014.
Summary of the Bill
To make provision in connection with any arrangements that may be made by the Secretary of State with respect to the provision to the Secretary of State of defence procurement services; to make provision relating to defence procurement contracts awarded, or amended, otherwise than as the result of a competitive process; to make provision in relation to the reserve forces of the Crown; and for connected purposes.
Progress of the Bill
The Bill was introduced into the Commons on 3 July 2013 and had its second reading on 16 July 2013. Committee stage took place over fourteen sittings from 3 September to 22 October 2013. MPs debated the remaining stages of the Defence Reform Bill in the House of Commons on 20 November 2013.
The Bill then went to the House of Lords for consideration. The Bill had its first reading in the Lords on 21 November 2013 and completed its third reading on 2 April 2014.
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House of Commons Library Analysis
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When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.
Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.
What happens after consideration of amendments?
Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).
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